Helping Kinnarps to stay competitive

Kinnarps provide interior workspace solutions for offices and public environments. With their customer driven production they see the Eton system as the optimal production solution for staying competitive and keeping production in Sweden with a very short lead time.

Company info

Company name: Kinnarps, Sweden.
Company profile: 100% family owned enterprise.
Type of production: Kinnarps is currently Europe’s second largest provider of workspace interior solutions. The Eton system is used in their office seating production in Skillingaryd.
Number of employees: About 2700 people work in the group.
Previous production system: Traditional progressiv bundle system with trolleys.
Eton System installed: 1990-2009.
How many stations installed: 149 stations.

Production data   With Eton
Capacity:   500.000 seats/year and 100% customer driven
Production increase:    Approx. 30%
Troughput-time:   5 days from cutting to shipment, (reduced by half)
Operations made by Eton:    All sewing and assembly operations for seats


Other facts and savings

Paul Karlsson, plant manager at Kinnarps:

  • We load the Eton system with 10.000 parts every day. It would be hard to control that without the Eton system.
  • We have chosen Eton because it gives us an advantage over competition and also a possibility to produce in Sweden with a very short lead time.
  • In customer driven production the goal is to produce unit by unit with no set-up time. The Eton system is developed to produce customer driven single unit production with no set-up time, that is why Eton is the optimal solution for our production!